Grande Canale, Gondolas and A Man Called Leonardo

So for our last day in Venice we had a few things on the list. First was a vaporetto ride on the Grande Canale which is probably the cheapest and easiest way to have a look at the Grande Canale. 7.50 euros each.

Yep, that’s a lot of olive oil!

It took us all the way to San Elena and we walked back along the canal intending to get to the Galleria dell’ Accademia but by the time we got there it was closed. Only closes early on a Monday…and of course it was Monday!

Found this friendly cat in amongst the wildflowers on our walk back

Fortunately, even though it was raining, there was a Gondola station right next door so we booked a gondola and went for a half hour trip for 80 euros. Rain wasn’t bad enough to put us off, but the gondolier had a cold and so we didn’t get a commentary…which is OK because we made our own up.

No striped shirt, no boater hat and no singing…but we still enjoyed it.

On our way home through the rain we stopped at a Chiesa Di San Barnaba and poked our noses in to discover an exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s machines. For 8 euros each (Ian got in for 5 euros because he was over 65!) we saw the most amazing hands-on display of many of the great man’s inventions. What a genius! They were all interactive so you were able to turn handles and lift contraptions to make them work.

A locking cog

The first bike???
How to walk on water
And how to fly…maybe the first hang-glider
Panoramic shot of the whole display

And one last Easter window display…just cos

Love the flying bunny

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